Coal India workers’ unions call off strike against divestment planned on 18 August

Workers’ unions of Coal India voted to go on a one-day strike on August 18 against the planned divestment of PSU shares.

KOLKATA: The one-day strike called by the four central trade unions of Coal India Ltd on April 16 against the government move of allowing commercial coal mining, has been withdrawn due to lack of cohesion among themselves, a union leader today said.

Coal India officials too confirmed that the strike has been called off.

The four central trade unions of CITU, BMS, HMS, and AITUC had served the strike notice on March 14.

“Based on yesterday’s meeting with Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar for setting up a committee under a joint secretary to listen to the issues, BMS and HMS signed withdrawal minutes. But, CITU and AITUC though had not signed the minutes, had to withdraw from the strike against our will, keeping unity if the trade unions in mind,” CITU-backed coal union leader D D Ramanandan told.

In a major reform in the coal sector since its nationalization in 1973, the government in February this year allowed private companies to mine the fossil fuel for commercial use, ending the monopoly of state-run Coal India.